Category: General

Assessment in the time of COVID-19

I have been completing neuropsychological (and psychoeducational) assessments for many years, and COVID-19 has certainly turned the assessment world on its head. I have been viewing webinars, following discussions on list serves, and speaking with my colleagues, and at this time, I feel there is no way to do an effective, high-quality assessment with children …

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Test Anxiety

The end of the school year is upon us, and brings with it the mad rush to complete summative assignments and prepare for final exams. Writing exams can increase anxiety, and can be especially challenging for individuals with performance anxiety. Some adolescents may find listening to a relaxation exercise helpful. This one is geared specifically …

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The Development of Attention

When a child has difficulties with attention, we often start to notice these difficulties as they enter school. Sometimes the teacher will bring to a parent’s attention that their child is having trouble sitting still during circle time, focusing on a task, or following instructions. It is important to distinguish between what is developmentally appropriate, …

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Transitioning Back to School

It is that time of year again – school is about to start. Summer has gone by, and the kids may not want it to end. Often, the thought of heading back to school can heighten anxiety, both in children and parents. Getting the new school year off to a good start can be important …

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Relaxation on the Internet

There are a number of ways to help you relax and reduce feelings of tension or stress in your body. When engaging in therapy for mental health issues, practicing relaxation and learning to control feelings of tension or stress in your mind and body are often important steps to master. Some people may find doing …

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How to Maintain and Improve Our Brains

There are a number of websites and programs on the market today that advertise brain exercises and ways to stay ‘cognitively healthy’. However, there are also a number of simple ways to stay healthy and keep your brain functioning at it’s best. SharpBrains.com is a web resource co-founded by Alvaro Fernandez, a market and innovation …

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Welcome to my website. I am a clinical child psychologist in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Please click on the links above or to the right to find out more about me. Please check back regularly to see posts about psychology, including interesting information about child and adolescent assessment, as well as evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents …

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